Today, anger feels like uncomfortable, red hot, tingling energy in my heart. I also have sadness. Sadness right now feels like constriction in my throat, as though I cannot take a full breath of fresh air.”As soon as I separated myself from my emotions by saying “I have anger and sadness,” rather than “I am angry and sad,” I noticed that the anger and sadness lost their power.
When we choose to feel and describe our feelings rather than numb them, we create an opportunity for deeper healing and personal awareness.
Emotions are like ocean waves. They rise and fall every day, every hour, and sometimes, every minute.
Jon Kabat-Zinn said: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Our job in recovery is to learn to surf the waves of our emotions, so we can stay afloat and enjoy life. If we manage our thoughts and feel our feelings, we are able to ride the waves with ease. Rather than get stuck and attached to our thoughts and feelings, we can choose to arrive fully in our bodies and minds, knowing that outside stimulus influences our thoughts and our emotions. When we show up as our full selves, we are able to see that we are so much deeper, wiser, and more capable than our thoughts and emotions. We have a soul-self that stays grounded in our heart center providing the balance that we need to ride the waves gracefully.
How do you separate yourself from your thoughts and emotions?
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